Dave Granlund’s cartoons have been published in daily newspapers since 1977 and in weeklies since the 60′s. Hired as a political cartoonist by The South Middlesex News in Framingham, MA fresh out of the the Air Force, Dave was soon syndicated in 1978 with NEA-United Media, published in over 700 newspapers nationally. And later internationally through politicalcartoons.com. His work has appeared in the likes of the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, GateHouse Media, Cape Cod Times, Newsday and magazines such as Newsweek. Also shown nationally on FoxNews.com, MSNBC.com, HBO, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC’s Today Show. Some of Dave’s sports cartoons are in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame.
Born in Ware, Massachusetts, Granlund began drawing cartoons for his school newspaper and at the age of 16, he was published on the editorial pages of the local weekly Ware River News. While attending college he drew editorial cartoons for the Greenfield Recorder. Granlund’s 8-year enlistment in the US Air Force was with the Strategic Air Command and Headquarters Command. Some of his assignments were connected with the White House and in support of Air Force One. Overseas, as part of NATO in Operation Looking Glass, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Granlund’s newspaper honors include awards from: UPI, New England Press Association, International Association of Business Communicators, Bronze Quill Award IABC; Associated Press, Massachusetts Press Association and New England Press Award. His work has been entered numerous times for the Pulitzer Prize.
In demand as a guest speaker, Granlund mixes history, current events and humor while sketching cartoons and caricatures before school and civic groups. Dave and his wife Shirley have two grown children. Dave’s pastimes include history, wood carving, kayaking, biking, antique tractors and Swedish language studies.